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US Market Share for Android Continues to Grow in October, While LG gets Passed Up in the Manufacturers Race

November 30, 2012 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Comscore’s three-month report on US market shares for smartphones is now in. And it appears that the only OS’s that were able to grow were Android and iOS, of course. Android increased by 1.4% up to 53.6%. While Apple went up 0.9% to 34.3%, so as you can see Android is still the top dog in the US, and also in the world. As the last report showed the world market share to be around 75% for Google’s mobile operating system.

You can also see that RIM, Microsoft and Symbian all suffered losses to their very low market share. RIM had the biggest loss but still surprisingly has 7.8% market share in the US. Kind of surprising that so many people are still using Blackberries. Despite Microsoft launching Windows Phone 8, they still dropped from 3.6% to 3.2%. I guess Windows Phone 8 isn’t doing as well as Microsoft had hoped for?

Onto the Mobile OEMs. As expected Samsung is still number one, increasing by 0.7% to an industry leading 26.3%. Apple surpassed LG, and now has a very narrow lead. Apple has 17.8% of the OEM market share while LG is sitting at 17.6%. With the Nexus 4, if Google can ever keep up with the demand, LG should take back their spot as number two very easily in the next three months.

Rounding off the top five, we’ve got Motorola and HTC which have both lost a bit of market share, but they are both also suffering from some big financial problems. Motorola is coming in at 11.0% and HTC at 6.0%. I’m sure the new Razr lineup helped out Motorola and the One X+ helped out HTC, since I’m sure the Droid DNA isn’t included in this study.

So there you have it. The top mobile operating systems, and the top smartphone manufacturers. No real surprises there. Except Apple surpassing LG, but that will change pretty quickly since LG is manufacturing the current Nexus device which sells out quicker than anything we’ve ever seen. Remember this is the US only. The world market share numbers are going to differ quite a bit.

Do any of these numbers shock or surprise you? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: ComScore